Registered Sex Offender Arrested in Sex Case
September 6, 2017
A Level 3 sex offender from Easton has been charged with repeatedly sexually abusing a child in Saratoga County, authorities said.
Michael R. Hands, 51, of Herrington Hill Road, has been indicted on seven felony and two misdemeanor charges for alleged sexual contact with a child earlier this summer in Charlton, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney's Office.
He is also accused of using a child in a sexual performance that was videotaped or photographed, and distributing child porngaphy, officials said.
He faces counts of criminal sexual act, use of child in a sexual performance, disseminating indecent material, sexual abuse, promoting a sexual performance by a child and endangering the welfare of a child, records show.
The charges are punishable by up to 47 years in state prison.
Hands is a Level 3 sex offender because of a 2003 sodomy conviction in Suffolk County.
Hands' arraignment status was unclear Saturday. State Police from the Malta station handled the case (corrected).